AFIC Goals and Objectives
AFIC promotes democratic rule and socio-economic justice for African citizens through fostering a culture of increased transparency, integrity and accountability among governments, regional and international bodies.
Deepening freedom of information knowledge base through research.
AFIC promotes legal, policy and social research in respect to access to information. Improved knowledge positively impacts on the demand for information, quality of legislation and implementation. AFIC research strategy involves working with the academic and research institutions as well as working directly with affected communities and consultants.
Promotion of adoption and domestication of regional and international standards and instruments
Information is important for non violence and dispute free elections. AFIC works with the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and Access to Information and other stakeholders to promote the adopting of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance as well as other relevant instruments regional instruments on FOI at sub regional and national level.
Advocating for legislating on Access to Information.
Nearly fifty member states of the African Union are yet to adopt comprehensive FOI legislations. AFIC works with sub regional networks and civil society groups to advocate for strong access to information legislations in AU member states.
Advocacy for implementation of FOI legislations.
South Africa, Angola, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Liberia are the only countries that have adopted FOI specific legislation (with Zimbabwe’s being considered constraining rather than facilitating FOI). AFIC works with national civil society, academic and research organisations to promote implementation and learning in respect to implementation of FOI.
Support to ATI Litigation.
Several African countries have ratified international and regional standards and instruments on freedom of information. Fifteen of these have guaranteed the right of freedom of information in national constitutions. However, these provisions have not been operationalised through the enactment of and implementation of enabling legislations. At worst, governments openly work against the principles of the constitution in relation to FOI. AFIC works with national and other stakeholders to support FOI focussed litigations as a strategy to improve the law.
Monitoring FOI Implementation
AFIC works with national and sub regional civil society groups in monitoring the situation of FOI in AU member states. Shadow reports will be produced and presented to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACPHR). To strengthen the monitoring role, AFIC is seeking attainment of observer status at ACPHR.